Sunday, February 14, 2010

NYT: Results Unproven, Robotic Surgery Wins Converts

Published: February 14, 2010
Robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery makes sense in some ways, but it is not clear if its outcomes are better.

At age 42, Dr. Jeffrey A. Cadeddu felt like a dinosaur in urologic surgery. He was trained to take out cancerous prostates the traditional laparoscopic way: making small incisions in the abdomen and inserting tools with his own hands to slice out the organ.

But now, patient after patient was walking away. They did not want that kind of surgery. They wanted surgery by a robot, controlled by a physician not necessarily even in the operating room, face buried in a console, working the robot’s arms with remote controls...

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